A Grafton man was charged Monday in Madison County Circuit Court with three felony charges of aggravated stalking, one felony charge of unlawful restraint and three misdemeanor charges of public indecency, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff Robert J. Hertz.
Police identified the man as Joshua D. Brockman, 27, of the 17000 block of Yates Road, Grafton.
On Saturday, April 19, at 11:17 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 500 block of California Avenue, East Alton, in reference to a prowler complaint. The victim told the responding deputy she witnessed an unknown man standing outside her bedroom window. The victim said the subject was making lewd comments toward her. Deputies checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The victim reported several previous incidents in which she observed a masked subject outside her home.
On April 23, 2014, at about 10:16 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office again responded to the victim’s home in reference to a complaint of a prowler. The victim told the responding deputy that she again observed a subject outside her bedroom window, but this time he was calling out her name. Deputies checked the area but were unable to find the suspect. Sheriff’s Office investigators installed cameras in the area and developed a response plan for future complaints.
On Thursday, May 1, at about 9:35 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home for the third time for a prowler complaint. The victim reported a subject outside her window calling out her name. Based on the developed response plan, deputies and officers from the East Alton and Bethalto police departments were on scene within minutes. A perimeter was developed and an Illinois State Police canine unit responded. Surveillance images captured at the scene depicted an unknown subject wearing a ski mask looking into the victim’s home, just before the arrival of the responding officers. The images appeared to capture the subject engaged in a lewd sexual act while he was looking into the victim’s home.
The canine unit was unable to locate the suspect, but a suspicious vehicle was located near the victim’s home. The vehicle was registered to Joshua Brockman. Inside Brockman’s vehicle officers observed a purse matching the description of one reported stolen from a vehicle on Stolze Lane in East Alton earlier in the night. Investigators located Brockman on May 2, 2014, at his home in Grafton. Brockman was questioned and detained in connection with the stolen purse. Brockman was charged with burglary on May 2 as it relates to the theft of the purse. The investigation into the prowling complaint continued. Investigators developed evidence directly linking Brockman to activity occurring in the 500 block of California Avenue.
The facts of the investigation were formally presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office, who prepared the felony warrant and information. The felony warrant and information was signed by Judge Neil Schroeder, who set bond on Brockman at $200,000.